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post #47 of Old 05-05-2012
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Re: Wiring & Installing A Battery Monitor

That was a great a write-up for installing the Victron, and it's a great monitor; but I recommend the Nasa Clipper BM1 battery monitor for a single house battery system. I did a very exhaustive study of all of the monitors out there and ended up settling on the BM1. It's very easy to install, gives you voltage, tells you in amps what you are putting into or taking out of your battery (charge/discharge), has a vertical bar graph to illustrate % of battery capacity, tells you in minutes how long at the current rate you will deplete your battery, has a bigger display so it tells you more at a glance than the Victron and has a backlight. I love it. And I think the price is about the same.

I have the BM1 on my house battery, and a simple Voltminder voltmeter on my start battery.

Just my 2 cents...
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